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How are brands organising for e-commerce?

The digital sphere is becoming significant for consumers - but are manufactures keeping pace? Are they developing specific strategies for th...

Rise of prepared foods in US grocers - analysis

David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines why more US supermarkets are putting greater...

Hershey results, outlook, M&A - the top takeaways

Hershey's first-quarter results contained a triple whammy yesterday (26 April) as the confectioner reported falling sales and earnings, cuts...

Work on sugar could stir more clean-label concerns

Manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of sugar in processed foods but could that challenge be made even harder by i...

How ambitious are Mars' health and wellbeing plans? 20 Apr 2016

Ben Cooper

Last week, Mars launched a broad-ranging strategy aimed at helping to improve diets, including plans to reformulate products and classify them for either "everyday" or "occasional" consumption. Ben Cooper assesses the strategy and reaction to it in key markets.

How Danone is winning "key battles" en route to 2020 aims 19 Apr 2016

Katy Askew

Danone insisted this morning (19 April) it is winning "key battles" in its bid to raise its sales and earnings trajectories by 2020. The French food maker flagged higher sales from its US dairy business in the first quarter of this year and predicted ongoing improvements from its European dairy operations. Danone also insisted the fundamentals of its Chinese infant nutrition business are solid despite recent challenges. Katy Askew reports.

Unilever's Q1 sales - the top takeaways 14 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unilever's list of first-quarter woes, alongside ongoing challenges in its spreads division. But on an investor call to discuss its sales for the opening months of 2016, the Flora owner highlighted innovation centred around the growing interest in health and wellness and a string of cost-saving initiatives as measures to drive its performance this year.

Nestle Q1 sales - what the analysts say 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Nestle's shares rose today (14 April) after the world's largest food company reported underlying first-quarter sales that beat analyst expectations. just-food presents a round-up of how those covering Nestle's stock viewed its performance in the opening three months of 2016 and its prospects for the rest of the year.

What next for Premier Foods? - analysis 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Three weeks after Premier Foods revealed McCormick & Co.'s interest in buying the UK group, its US suitor has, after seeing three proposed offers turned down, decided to walk away from the table. Premier insists it has a "strong future" as an independent company. Dean Best reflects on a tumultuous 21 days and considers what lies ahead for the Mr Kipling maker.

How can confectioners in France and Germany win over millennials? 14 Apr 2016

Christophe Knoke, IRI

Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by harnessing the rise of the millennial consumer. Christophe Knoke, senior director at IRI Germany, investigates.

The Premier Foods takeover saga - rolling updates and analysis 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Here just-food presents rolling coverage and analysis of the takeover interest in Premier Foods from McCormick & Co. Premier rebuffed three proposals from the US spices and seasonings group, while Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, which outlined a "co-operation agreement" with the UK group in areas such as innovation and distribution, built a stake in the Mr Kipling maker. McCormick has decided against pursuing its interest in the UK group.

Cranswick swoops for another UK poultry business - analysis 13 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Cranswick, the UK meat processor, has its origins in pigs but this week the company struck its second deal in the country's poultry sector in 18 months. The new asset, Crown Chicken, does not yet supply the UK's major supermarket chains but the market reacted positively to the deal. Dean Best reports.

Taco Bell moves on breakfast in US, McDonald's Asia push, Carl's Jr returns to Japan - foodservice focus, March 2016 11 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Taco Bell's bid to bring value to breakfast in the US, the potential roll-out of McDonald's all-day breakfast to other markets and the return of Carl's Jr to Japan grabbed the foodservice sector headlines in March.

The key takeaways from Danone's presentation at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference 11 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Danone appears to be winning over the investment community, with a 2015 performance and 2016 forecasts welcomed by the market - and growth targets analysts believe are credible and achievable. The French food giant faces challenges, not least in fresh dairy but, broadly, the company's recent initiatives and its prospects have led to more confidence in the business. Here we present the important takeaways from Danone's appearance at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference in London.

Does competition hinder co-operation on sustainability? 6 Apr 2016

Ben Cooper

Major corporations have joined with market researchers to form Paragon Partnerships which aims create an open-access information hub to support actions addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ben Cooper examines the aims behind the Unilever-led initiative and asks where companies draw the line between sharing sustainability information for the greater good and retaining insights that might offer competitive advantage.

What are the prospects for Mondelez International's savoury snack Good Thins? 6 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International, the owner of brands from Oreo to Cadbury, is looking to have half its portfolio in the "well-being space" by 2020. In its domestic market, Mondelez is rolling out a "wholesome, savoury snack option" Good Thins. Hannah Abdulla discusses whether the new baked snacks could be a success.

Amazon analysed, Woolworths rejigs own label in Australia, Metro Group demerges - retail round-up, March 2016 6 Apr 2016

Dean Best

March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of discount retail in the UK and Australia. The sector also saw Metro Group set out plans to split in two and heard Amazon touted as a significant player in US food and beverage by the turn of the next decade.

Does in vitro meat point to the future of food?  31 Mar 2016

Mandy Kovacs and Barbara Barkhausen

Laboratory-grown meat has moved from a distant sci-fi concept to a realistic idea that could be commercialised and mainstream in just a few years, according to industry experts. However, whether in-vitro meat is an answer to some of the issues around food security and sustainability facing the food sector – or whether it will gain consumer acceptance – remain up for debate. Mandy Kovacs and Barbara Barkhausen investigate.

The potential M&A in niche dairy products in the UK 30 Mar 2016

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk looks at the possible M&A candidates in more niche dairy categories in the UK - and suggests three potential targets.

The outlook for UK food policy under Conservatives to 2020 - and beyond 15 Mar 2016

Ben Cooper

The UK's Conservative Party may only have a working majority in the House of Commons of 17 but, with the Labour Party struggling to convince voters it could be a credible alternative, the country could see five more years of Tory government after 2020. Ben Cooper weighs up what could shape Conservative thinking on UK food and health policy over the next decade.

Millennials - What do they think of brands? 10 Mar 2016

Richard Woodard

Millennial consumers are a cohort attracting the attention of a growing number of consumer goods companies. Richard Woodard considers the relationship between brands and those seen as having been born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

Millennials - how are they changing? 10 Mar 2016

Richard Woodard

Consumer packaged goods companies are paying increasing attention to the consumer group dubbed millennials. Management consultants at The Boston Consulting Group have analysed the millennial cohort in the US and sought to provide insight into their behaviour. Richard Woodard digs into the study to see how the behaviour has evolved in recent years.

Fairtrade certification – what are food companies buying into? 9 Mar 2016

Ben Cooper

As Fairtrade Fortnight gets underway in the UK, Ben Cooper examines ten attributes of the Fairtrade system that define what it offers to farmers, food companies and consumers.

How Amazon tie-up will strengthen Morrisons in food manufacturing  7 Mar 2016

Glynn Davis

The tie-up between Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest food retailer, and online giant Amazon has raised eyebrows across the sector. Glynn Davis looks what the deal could mean for Morrisons' manufacturing base.

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